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2013 NFL Mock Draft – Two Rounds of Bliss

Posted by Brad On December - 4 - 2012
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Every mock draft assumes a lot of things but this one is assuming a lot of things given the fact that underclassmen haven’t declared.  I’m going off what I’ve read and/or heard about the prospects staying or going and then making assumptions on my own.  Hence, why you don’t see some of my favorites (Anthony Barr, Louis Nix, Khalil Mack, DeAndre Hopkins, Brad Roby, Christian Jones) or some of my not-so-favorites (Tyler Bray, William Gholston) in this version of the 2013 NFL Mock Draft.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – GENO SMITH, QB, West Virginia

The Chiefs were in the driver’s seat to the No. 1 pick before Brady Quinn decided to live up to all the hype out of Notre Dame this Sunday.  They still man the top spot, leaving them to take Quinn/Cassel’s replacement.

2. Jacksonville JaguarsBJOERN WERNER, DE, Florida State

The Jags jumped on the opportunity to pick up Eagles cast off Jason Babin.  I can’t imagine a scenario that has Babin playing in Jacksonville in 2013.  The interior DL is looking like a bigger need at this point with Terrance Knighton being an utter disappointment.  That said, the Jags need a dynamic pass rusher to bolster this defense. Werner is the best of the pass rushers with his ability to play the run and get after the QB.  The sky is limit for Werner.

3. Oakland Raiders – TYLER WILSON, QB, Arkansas

Those inside the organization have come to the reality that Terrelle Pryor isn’t the long term answer at the QB position.  Carson Palmer is on his last legs and the trade is officially a gigantic bust, surprise…surprise. The Raiders have a bunch of needs, mostly on the defensive side of the ball, but have to consider a QB at No. 3. Wilson was a disappointment this season but I fully expect him to be drafted in the top 10.  The Raiders could use Wilson’s toughness and leadership in the locker room as well.

4. Philadelphia EaglesLUKE JOECKEL, OT, Texas A&M

Nick Foles is showing a little promise and should be given the remainder of this lost season to prove himself.  The Eagles would be wise to bring in a veteran QB to mentor Foles next season and find a coach that can utilize two backs (McCoy and Brown).  They need help up front and that’s factoring in Jason Peters being back.  Demetress Bell, King Dunlap, and Dennis Kelly would provide solid depth to Peters and Joeckel but not starting caliber OT’s on a winning team.  Jockel is a full fledged stud LT that is my top prospect in the draft.

5. Carolina Panthers – SHELDON RICHARDON, DT, Missouri  

Sheldon Richardson has announced he’s entering the 2013 NFL Draft.  That should come as no surprise as Richardson was disciplined for not going to classes.  He won’t have to worry about that anymore. Richardson is the most disruptive force of a very talented DT class.  A pure three-technique that can be an immediate impact player in the Panthers defense.

6. San Diego Chargers – JAKE MATTHEWS, OT, Texas A&M

Matthews is a plug and play tackle that immediately upgrades the porous SD offensive line.  Phillip Rivers has been bad and appears to be incapable of pushing the ball vertically but he needs some help in protection.  Matthews is capable of playing the left side at the next level despite only manning the right side in college.

7. Cleveland BrownsDEE MILLINER, CB, Alabama

The Browns struck gold with Joe Haden at No. 7 in 2010.  They look to capitalize on that success by finding Haden a solid running mate.  While Sheldon Brown has been more than serviceable at times this season, he can’t keep up with the speed of the game.  This selection could give the Browns the best young starting CB duo in the league.

8. Detroit LionsMANTI TE’O, LB, Notre Dame

Stephen Tulloch signed a big deal with the Lions in the offseason.  But the Lions could be forced to lose DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant as they will be cash strapped this offseason.  Te’o versatility give the Lions options at the linebacker position and gives them a remarkable leader on the defense.

9. Arizona Cardinals – TAYLOR LEWAN, OT, Michigan  

Kolb, Skelton, or Lindley.  Take your pick.  All are bad options but I can’t see the Cards reaching at this point for a QB.  They have searched for a LT for years and come up empty handed.  Lewan will have a make or break game against Jadeveon Clowney.  If Lewan shows well, he’ll lock himself in as a top 10 pick.

10. Tennessee Titans – STAR LOTULELEI, DT, Utah  

The Tennessee secondary is atrocious but they won’t be able to pass on a guy like Lotulelei if he makes it to No. 10.  As bad as the Titans are against the pass, they are worse in run defense.  Lotulelei gives the Titans a legitimate force against the run and he can push the pocket enough to make a difference as an interior pass rusher.

11. Buffalo Bills – DION JORDAN, DE, Oregon  

As evidenced by my latest top 100 board, I’m a fan of the Oregon pass rusher.  Jordan is versatile enough to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt.  He runs well and is surprisingly good in coverage.  The Bills would love for Tyler Wilson to fall into their laps but that’s looking less likely.  Jordan is a nice consolation prize, especially if they cut Mark Anderson.

12. Miami Dolphins – DAMONTRE MOORE, DE, Texas A&M

Miami needs a DE to play opposite Cam Wake.  Moore is a solid option with a nice motor.  He’s not the dynamic athlete of a Barkevious Mingo but he finds his way to the QB with a regularity.  This pick is an easy one if Moore is on the board when the Dolphins select.

13. New Orleans Saints – SHARRIF FLOYD, DT, Florida

There’s no doubts that the Saints are in need of defensive front four help.  They really need a DE that can turn the edge but I don’t see Mingo as a great fit for what they need.  So they look to add a 3T and find a good one if Sharrif Floyd.  Floyd brings the versatility to play inside in a four man front and outside in a three man.

14. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS) – JARVIS JONES, OLB, Georgia  

Could anyone blame the Rams for taking a shot on Jarvis Jones with two picks in the first round?  Jones is one of the top talents in the draft but there are no more doubts that he will fall due to health concerns. Spinal stenosis is a serious condition and has some talking about Jones falling ala Da’Quan Bowers.  I like Jones as much as the next guy but it’s hard for me to believe that he won’t fall in this draft.

15. New York Jets – BARKEVIOUS MINGO, OLB, LSU

Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy….anyone.  Yeah, I’ll pass on that roster of QB’s.  That said, I can’t see the Jets taking a shot on Barkley or Bray, Murray, or Thomas if they declare.  They are likely to seek out a veteran and look to the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round for a developmental type.  I love Anthony Barr here but everything I’m hearing has him staying in school.  I’ll go with the other best option.  Mingo gives the Jets a high ceiling pass rusher that has scheme diversity.

16. St. Louis Rams – CHANCE WARMACK, OG, Alabama

With all three top tackles off the board, the Rams look inside to help cure some of their OL woes.  I have been a proponent of the Rams taking Warmack instead of a tackle anyhow, as I see it as a bigger need. Some have disagreed and I can’t blame them but Warmack is a superior talent to any OT that could be available here including Lewan.

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  • phinsphan

    Nice dolphins picks. Approve of both Moore and Hunter, i doubt Eifert will last till late 2nd round … and i’d rather go with a deep threat like Stedman Bailey. Pretty sure the phins will FA sign a good FA like Jared Cook from the Titans, not much point drafting TE after TE, espcially now that Clay is developing and there is still a question mark over Egnew.

    • bradc11

      I couldn’t resist Eifert that late in the second. Once all the underclassmen make their draft decisions he will filter his way to the top of the 2nd as I agree he’s not likely to make it that far down the second. Finding weapons for Tannehill will be a priority. Also, looks like they will need a LT as it’s becoming less likely that Long will be back with the team.

  • sean s.

    I dont like the picks for the EAGLES.OT will be addressed in FA and safety is priority #1.i would draft Teo and Eric Reid.

    • bradc11

      I figured the Will Davis pick wouldn’t be popular but he is moving up draft boards quickly and for good reason. Nnamdi isn’t the same guy he was in OAK. He requires safety help and can’t be left on an island at this point. He could be released with wholesale changes looking more and more likely. Davis is a guy that scouts are talking about as having first round potential. If Nick Foles is back at QB or you bring in a vet, OT has to become priority 1. Foles is a statue and pass protection becomes a premium if he’s your starter. I’d move Peters to RT with Joeckel at LT and find a guard in FA. I’m not a huge fan of Reid’s. He should stay and hope for a Mark Barron-esque senior season. As of now, he’s in that late 2nd round range for me. Just better options than Reid…struggled in all facets of the game this season and really underperformed. Te’o is definitely solid but I’m not sure using the 4th pick on a that position would be wise for the Eagles, given all their needs. I would look at QB, OT, DE, CB with that high of pick and you guys have needs at 3 of those 4 positions. Joeckel is my top rated player in the draft, and I’m not alone on that one.

  • football guru

    If Star is on the board i cannot see the panthers passing on him. Ron Edwards has been put on ir twice and is probably gone when the new GM comes in. also the panthers need another WR and was looking at some last year early, so i really think they will try to get one in the 2nd round.

    • bradc11

      I kicked around Star versus Richardson all night. Richardson gets unfairly tagged as just a pass rushing 3T. He’s much more than than. Disruptive run defender which is what sets him apart from Star. He’s a much better inside pass rusher and can stop the run. I agree on the WR need but felt OT was a bigger need and Johnson is going to get looks in the first. Great value pick and they can pick up WR later, it’s looking pretty deep. You won’t find a Lane Johnson in the latter rounds.

      • football guru

        Richardson is disruptive, but i think Star has the ability to take over the game when he maxes out his potential.if WR like Patterson, Williams or Hunter are on the i could really see one of those coming in over Johnson.but still no complaints about Johnson either.

        • bradc11

          I’m a fan of Patterson and Williams, not so much on Hunter. I worry about his concentration and injury history. Big fan of Patterson’s. I think he could wind up being the top receiver in the draft when it’s all said and done. I would say that if Patterson or Williams were there, I may consider them over a tackle. I doubt either of them makes it out of the first. I would guess over half my picks are underclassmen. Some of them will return to school, putting guys like Williams back into the first.

  • Reggie

    Manti Te’o and Sam Montgomery are very good talents at amazing value. Lions have an ever growing needs list to worry about any certain position. We have a QB and LT and are set at DT. Anything else can be taken. Manti Te’o behind FAirley and Suh is just plain nasty. Montgomery comming off the edge will be nice as well. Maybe draft Ryan Swoope and/or Larry Warford in Round 3 and get some offensive help.

    • bradc11

      I’d looking at Warford hard in the 3rd or if Gabe Jackson declares. After them the guard quality falls off the board. This receiver class is fairly deep. If a guy like Aaron Mellette fell to the fourth, he would be a guy that could slide into a starting role in time. Just in time for Broyles to come back…hopefully he can stay healthy.

      • Reggie

        Yes getting another building block for the OL is important. Bill Naggy was signed for a potential Center in time but I have my doubts. WR is a problem and Young/Broyles are doubtful. To me Swoope is a Jordy Nelson type who could be a perfect #2. I am not familiar with Aaron Mellette. Who does he play for?

        • bradc11

          Mellette is a small school guy out of Elon. He’s real nice with size/speed and is fairly polished for a small school receiver. Its doubtful that he will make it out of the second day, but if he does, I would target him early on three. You can check him out on youtube. It’s worth a look.

          • Bex_R1986

            The one full game of Elon I saw this year was against North Carolina, which should in theory be one of the better defenses he’ll face and therefore important game film for him. He had a relatively average game, a couple drops if I remember, but he wasn’t dominated by the decent Tar Heel corners and got space through some solid route running. The drops left me a little disappointed, but there were good signs of not just excelling against lesser quality defenses I’m asuming he frequently faces.

          • Reggie

            Havent seen him but I am a big fan of Ryan Swoope. I like his size/speed combination. Also very tough and physical. Game resembles Jordy Nelson alot. I think he would combine with Calvin and Broyles very well.

          • bradc11

            Mellette has been known to drop a few passes. But if he didn’t there’s no chance we would be talking about him as a 4th rounder. Mellette is getting a Senior Bowl invite and can’t wait to see him match up with the DB’s in Mobile. That will be a make or break week for him.

  • Duncan

    I don’t think Buffalo gets out of the first round without a QB. As much as I would like them to take Jordan or Moore I don’t think they will. Another prospect that would be good for the Bills would be C.J. Mosley, who is used to being a leader on Bama’s Defense and could be a great fit for the Bills.

    • bradc11

      I tend to agree with you on this one. It’s going to be tough for them to leave day one without a QB. That said, I just can’t see them reaching for one in Glennon or Barkley. As much as I would despise it, Logan Thomas is going to get pushed up the board late. I think the best bet is to draft a DE early and trade back into the first for a QB that they like but don’t love early. I think there’s 4-5 QB’s clumped together (Barkley, Glennon, Bray, Thomas, Murray). I would sit and wait until the 2nd to take a guy but that’s easier said than done.

      • Duncan

        It all depends on how Wilson does in Pre-draft workouts. If he does well than he will be an early first round pick and the Bills will pick him up, but if he has a rough outing, than he is going to be a late first to mid second then like you said Nix and Co. might have to trade up to get him. As much as I would like Buffalo to get Wilson they will most likely settle for someone like Bray or Glennon instead of trading up.

  • bradc11

    I can see all that happening. Just not a fan of taking Te’o that high. I’m a huge fan of his but also realize that taking an ILB at 4 may not benefit a team with the number of needs that Philly has. Trading back for Warmack or Elam would be ideal and someone may be looking to get up to get one of the pass rushers or Star if he’s falling.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XMD67GUMVPSB5K2ZBT26ZUYLZY David

    Corner is a huge need for the Browns but i really haven’t heard much about this Milliner kid, is he a better prospect the Moore in your opinion.

    • bradc11

      Damontre Moore is solid but lacks the physicality to bang as a RE in the Browns scheme. Milliner is a big, aggressive corner that is a great fit opposite Haden. It’s a perfect fit in my mind for the Browns. I know Browns fans will hate it but Frostee Rucker is exactly what they need at the RE spot.